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“My sense is that this is the year of the decision. Either it’ll happen this year or we’ll have to wait another generation.”

Todd Harrison of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on a potential new military branch, the U.S. Space Force, that was the focus of the Senate Armed Services Cmte hearing Thursday. The Pentagon is proposing a $2B, 5-year plan to build a force of approx. 16,500.
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“…people in the region are not contented with dictatorship. They will still rise up knowing how high the cost can be.”

Dr. Lina Khatib of London's Chatham House, describing the current environment in North Africa where citizens have ousted dictators in Algeria and Sudan in recent weeks. The political trend, reminiscent of 2011's Arab Spring, is motivated by young citizens wanting political change and better economies. In both countries, the military also played a role in removing the leaders.
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“This action is brought by the City to recover civil penalties…and attorney’s fees and costs, arising from the Defendant’s false statements to the City.”

Lawsuit filed by Chicago against actor Jussie Smollett to recoup unspecified costs, including overtime fees ($130k+), associated with investigating his case. Notably, the city maintains in its lawsuit that Smollett orchestrated a fake hate crime, despite the fact prosecutors dropped the case against him.
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“The signing of this bill today is consistent with that respect for life and the imperative to protect those who cannot protect themselves.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine after signing a "heartbeat bill" that bans abortions after the detection of a heartbeat (approx. 6 weeks into pregnancy) with no exceptions in cases of rape or incest. Ohio is the 7th state to sign such a law; 3 states have done so this year alone. Opponents say it's unconstitutional and promise to challenge it in court.
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“I think people see some basic truths about men and women when they watch that movie.”

Famed writer and director Rob Reiner speaking about "When Harry Met Sally," the romantic comedy he developed with writer Nora Ephron. The film will celebrate its 30th anniversary this summer and kicked off the TCM Classic Movie Festival on Thursday.
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